Butler, in the final season of his contract, has demanded a trade by the Wolves and owner Glen Taylor reportedly has told Butler the team will attempt to move him while he continues to play for the franchise. Wojnarowski writes that the Rockets are ready to "sacrifice some long-term roster flexibility and go all-in with a legitimate third star" to partner with last year's MVP James Harden and Chris Paul in pursuit of an National Basketball Association championship.
Houston is now dealing with injuries to two starters, both with hamstring injuries.
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That's a lot of first-round picks to give up - we've seen how a similar trade set the Brooklyn Nets back for multiple years - but Morey and the Rockets are clearly in win-now mode.
So far, Minnesota has been unmoved on offers for Butler, who requested a trade in the preseason and has told the organization that he plans to leave in free agency this summer. Four picks is the most a team is allowed to trade at one time during a seven-year period.
Of course, those picks are most likely protected, but it's still very interesting and intriguing enough to sign a deal by the end of the night - if true.
Recent reports have suggested the Timberwolves are hesitant to trade Butler to the Rockets since they both compete in the Western Conference.